Attenuation of Electromagnetic Waves by a Plasma Layer at Atmospheric Pressure
Authors: Laroussi, M.; Anderson, W.T.
Source: International Journal of Infrared and Millimeter Waves, Volume 19, Number 3, March 1998 , pp. 453-464(12)
Plasma layers at atmospheric pressure, are good broad band absorbers of electromagnetic radiation. However, to get substantial attenuations, two parameters have to be optimized. These are the plasma number density, and the thickness of the plasma layer. It is found that in order to be an effective attenuator of microwave radiation, a plasma layer has to have a number density in the 1013 cm-3 range, and a thickness equal or larger than the wavelength of the incident wave. However, as the frequency increases, the amount of attenuation tends to reach a limiting value directly proportional to the number density.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Electrical Engineering Department, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-2100
Publication date: 1998-03-01